As many of you know, my husband and I are moving about an hour north of Houston into a new house next month. I'm also pregnant and due in October, so I am taking next year off. That means every teaching related material that I have collected over the past nine years is sitting in our apartment. I shared this on Wednesday, but just in case you missed it, here's what I need to clean and organize.
We currently live in an apartment and I when I move, I am determined to have a clean, grown up house...meaning I will not have a room full of all this! So I have started going through it to see what I can get rid of, use for something else, etc.
As I started going through a couple of bins yesterday, it occurred to me just how much my "style" has changed over the past few years. I moved here four years ago from Connecticut. Before that, I taught first grade for four years and second for one. Of course I brought EVERYTHING with me. I worked hard to get all that stuff! But then I got a job in second grade and most of my stuff was for first grade and has been sitting in the closet for four years...yes...time to throw it out but not without some reminiscing about how times have changed.
I guess now that I have taught for nine years, I am an experienced teacher. But compared to others, I am still a young teacher. So all of my looking back is relative to my age. I can't even imagine how things have changed for people who have been teaching 20-30 years. And yeah, I know the biggest change is all the testing (and technology), but these are some smaller things more within my control.
With me I brought nearly a hundred of these Mailbox magazines and teacher resource books. Which of course I have not touched. So they are finally ready to be recycled and it doesn't even pain me to do so! No longer do I see the need for them as I find everything I need online. But I used to get so excited when they came in the mail and to find the new worksheets catered for the holidays...just the same as I do now shopping on TpT!
Then there are the files...and homemade or altered worksheets...none of which I have touched. I cannot believe that I ever used a handwritten worksheet! But look how much effort went into the straight lines and neat handwriting. I obviously used a ruler. I also remember cutting, pasting, using whiteout...whatever I had to do to make it what I wanted. What was I thinking? I had a computer and knew how to type! No longer do I keep files of paper, I just scan and save everything on my computer (a copier at school that scans has been a lifesaver for me...makes that task so easy!).
Homemade centers...they don't look very appealing anymore do they?! Maybe kids are spoiled now? I mean my students (and me!) used to think these were fun! Now I'm thinking where's the color? They aren't laminated! They are handwritten! By the way, those are of course Dr. Seuss fact families and doubles bowling.
Do you remember these things? Do they make you cringe too or have I just become a teaching snob?!